A Special Heads Up To Our Preferred Clients from Paul Howley!
Jay Maybruck, the founder of Sparkle City Comics, will be appearing on the Metropolis Radio show on May 7. You can get to his radio interview through:
In this show Jay will address any and all issues including the acts he
committed at the end of his career.
Jay is in the last stages of his life. Extremely optimistic projections are maybe 1-2 years.
To commemorate Sparkle City an exclusive never to be reprinted Commemorative Portfolio, 200 individually unique and numbered collectors items, will be offered for sale on my eBay site
(Seller name: paulmal or you can do an eBay search for Sparkle City Comics Portfolio)
after the shows conclusion.
Obviously the earliest Portfolios (the first 50 or so) will have the highest value. To give our customers a heads up on these unique historical items we are including an attachment describing this product.
This will be a very interesting lot of historic comic book items! Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, there was a comic book dealer, Jay Maybruck, who called his business
“Sparkle City Comics.” Within a short time he became the leading comic book dealer in the United States, offering the largest selection of vintage comic books from the golden-age to the silver-age. I spent a few years working with the owner of Sparkle City Comics in the mid-late 1970s and I travelled around the country buying and selling copies of almost every comic book that was ever published. Together, we revolutionized the comic book industry, changing it forever by creating the first professional display booths at nearly all of the important comic book conventions around the nation and offering the best customer service in the industry. Sparkle City Comics was loved by the comic book collectors and hated by the competition. Sparkle City dominated the convention and mail order business for over fifteen years!
In 1978 Sparkle City Comics published “The Investors Newsletter,” a periodic newsletter giving investment advice for the world of comic books. I left Sparkle City for personal reasons and the original owner, teamed up with another knowledgeable comic book collector, and continued in the business for many years. Now, many years later, the original owner of Sparkle City Comics, as he faces his own mortality, is offering rare pieces of comic book industry history as part of this Sparkle City Comics Memorabilia Portfolio! Each portfolio is individually numbered and comes with a “certificate of authenticity.” The portfolios contain nicely reprinted editions of some of the comic book hobby’s most hard-to-find comic books:
Blood Is The Harvest
(originally published in 1950 by The Catechetical Guild),
The Red Iceberg
(originally published in 1960 by The Catechetical Guild),
How Stalin Hopes We Will Destroy America
(originally published in 1951 by Joe Lowe Co.), and
If The Devil Would Talk
(originally published in 1950 by The Catechetical Guild).
Each portfolio will also contain a brief history of Sparkle City Comics outlining the formation of this industry-changing company. As a historic and collectible extra, each of the first 40 portfolios will contain an exclusive assortment of “behind-the-scenes” stories of significant comic book industry purchases and events and Sparkle City’s involvement. Some of these exclusive stories will be humorous, some will be revealing, and a few will deal with very personal material relating to Sparkle City’s founder, Jay Maybruck. These exclusive stories will be only available in these first 40 portfolios!
The first 100 of these portfolios will contain new printings of the first twelve issues of
The Investors Newsletter! These newsletters will never again be reprinted! The first 20 of these portfolios will also each contain an original, vintage, hand-drawn, piece of “Sheep Art” that was actually used by Sparkle City Comics in their recognizable and famous “sheep-tastic” advertisements! As if this wasn’t enough, the first 20 of these very limited portfolios will contain some very unique historic comic-related item.
I's sure someone would find these of interest. This is from an email from my LCS.
eBay link: http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&_trksid=m37&satitle=Sparkle+City+Comics+Portfolio&category0=